Rest Easy Sweet Diamond

Rest Easy Sweet Diamond

Some days, like at our holiday photo-shoot yesterday, working in animal rescue is a lot of fun. Watching a scared animal open up and trust again is extremely rewarding. Sending homeless animals off to their new homes is heartwarming. But there are some days, like today, that are just plain hard and utterly heartbreaking. Today, we must say goodbye to one of our own: the Dazzling Diamond 🐾💎

Sweet Dazzling Diamond originally came to us in 2015. She quickly became a volunteer favorite and was well cared for until she was adopted. Unfortunately, Diamond’s family needed to return her to us after several years in their loving home. It’s never easy to make the choice to give up a pet, but we appreciate that her family brought her back to us when they were unable to care for her. As we sought to find a new home for this amazing girl, her health started to decline, starting with her back legs collapsing when she walked. This prompted us to seek out a foster home for her, where she would be more comfortable and could get the more individualized attention she needed. Luckily, her adorable smile and gentle heart helped her find a foster right away.

While Diamond was in foster care, a team of staff and volunteers dedicated themselves to keeping her as happy and healthy as possible. Diamond’s foster mom has a full-time job and needed help getting her out for walks during the day. But it wasn’t difficult to find individuals willing to help out. Diamond never missed a walk thanks to her loving team, Team Diamond. They made sure that she had plenty of cuddle time too! Everyone who spent time with this sweet girl will tell you the same thing: she was absolutely precious and would light up the room with her little happy dance.

Team Diamond made sure that Diamond didn’t want for anything in her last few weeks with us. They really pampered this girl, feeding her puppuccinos and bacon, people-watching in the sun together, and treating her like a real Princess. If she was having a hard day, she wouldn’t even have to walk down the stairs to go potty; she would be carried. If she struggled to walk, they used her harness to assist her; then she would have her meals hand fed to her, just because. Her team would have happily continued this forever. But sadly, sweet Diamond’s health declined to a point that it was unfair to keep her going. As much as we wish it was possible to keep her, there is no cure for cancer.

Those of us that were on Team Diamond know that we have been forever changed by knowing her. Her strength, resilience, and genuine heart will always remind us that there is good in the world. She was an amazing dog who has left paw prints on many hearts. One heart was so moved, that Diamond was officially adopted today before she was sent over the Rainbow Bridge. Her adopter and foster mom will hold her forever in their hearts, along with the rest of Team Diamond. Rest easy sweet Diamond, we love you 💙

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The SPCA of Anne Arundel County's Shelter & Paws at the Mall location will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC on Mondays. Our Clinic will continue to be open for appointments on Mondays.
Our shelter's Dog Room and Cat Room will be open for Animal Viewing from 11am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Our shelter will now have late viewing hours on Wednesdays from 12pm to 7pm.
 Some cats and small animals can be viewed every day at Paws at the Mall (closed on Mondays, open until 7pm on Wednesdays).

If you are interested in meeting or adopting an animal, you can find out more about our adoption process here. We appreciate your patience, as the Adoption Process will be delayed. All Animal Meet & Greets will be by scheduled appointment only after your Application has been processed.

We are still accepting donations of new & unopened pet supplies (food, treats, etc). These items can be dropped off outside our Main Shelter on the designated donation table. We can not take any used or opened donations at this time.

Emergency services such as Animal Surrender are available by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment for Animal Surrender, please call & leave a message at 410-268-4388 ext 141.

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Please be advised we will be closed to the public on May 10th, 2018 - because we're getting a facelift!

The Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland (Millersville, MD) and its associates will be revitalizing the SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s Adoption Site for their annual RED Day Project! Please consider volunteering man hours on the event day or expressing your thanks on their Facebook page!

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